As children get ready for a new school year filled with new classes and expectations, students at Henderson Junior High and Gilbert Intermediate will have new start times this year.

Henderson Junior High Principal Bob Cervetto said they are pushing the start time to 8:10 a.m. He said the extra 10 minutes would allow teachers more time to help students during early morning tutorials. He also hopes the change will help cut down on tardies. The junior high students will be dismissed from classes at 3:37 p.m.

Gilbert Intermediate Principal Kristen Carey said the campus would start a little earlier this year. During a presentation at the July school board meeting, Carey announced that Gilbert students would start classes at 7:50 a.m. The fifth and sixth graders will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m.

Hook and Chamberlin Elementary campuses are still set to start classes at 8 a.m. First grade students at Chamberlin will be dismissed at 2:50 p.m. and second grade students will be out at 3:05 p.m. Third and fourth graders at Hook will be dismissed at 3:10 p.m.

Kindergartners at Central Elementary will also start at 8 a.m. with a 3 p.m. dismissal.

For children going to Central for pre-k in the mornings, they will start at 8 a.m. with an 10:50 a.m. dismissal. The afternoon pre-k classes begin at noon and are dismissed at 3 p.m.

Stephenville High School’s enrichment program will continue to meet at 7:50 a.m. with all other students beginning class at 8:20 a.m. The campus dismisses at 3:40 p.m.

Parents, or anyone taking a student to school this year, should also remember that it is illegal, as of Sept. 1, to talk on a cell phone while driving in a school zone.

The new law does allow the use of hands-free devices and talking on the phone in a parked vehicle.